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Web Giants Clash With Government Over Proposed Censorship

Politicians have long debated how best to protect freedom of expression while also respecting copyright laws, and the web is buzzing with concerns that new proposals in Congress threaten to disrupt that delicate balance. The House’s Stop Online Piracy Act, as well as the Senate’s Protect IP Act, are intended to punish websites and companies […]

November 17, 2011

Scott Walker, Conservative Martyr

With the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gaining momentum, the GOP politician still stands by his decisions — and is painting himself as the victim of unjustified attacks. The governor gained national attention and popular criticism earlier this year when he waged war on the state’s public-employee unions. In an interview with Michel […]

November 16, 2011

TransCanada Agrees To New Pipeline Route, Complicating Obama's Decision

Only a few days after the Obama administration seemed to dodge a controversial decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, TransCanada has agreed to work on a new pipeline route. The company’s concession might initially seem like it would alleviate the pressure on the president to reject the proposal; in fact, it will test whether […]

November 15, 2011

Most Americans Support Mandatory Health Insurance Mandate

As the Supreme Court has announced it will hear a challenge to Obama’s health care overhaul, it is worth noting that a majority of Americans now support one of the law’s most controversial elements. A new CNN/ORC International poll found that 52 percent of those surveyed favor requiring all Americans to have health insurance, up […]

November 14, 2011

'Kill Team' Leader Could Be Free Within A Decade

The trial of the leader of the “kill team” — a group of U.S. soldiers that murdered Afghan civilians for sport and mutilated their corpses — has ended, and Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs has been found guilty of murder, assault, and conspiracy in the killings of three Afghan civilians in separate incidents. But Gibbs was […]

November 11, 2011

In Smart Political Move, Obama Administration To Delay Keystone XL Decision

As predicted, the Obama administration will delay its decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. During a briefing, the administration justified the delay by saying it is studying alternate routes for the proposed $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline. But the underlying motivation is no doubt to put off a decision until after the […]

November 10, 2011

Industry Reps Compare Anti-Fracking Groups To Insurgents

The contentious debate over hydrofracking has led to harsh words from both sides, and anti-fracking groups often compare the presence of natural gas companies to outside forces occupying their land. New information reveals that the industry representatives also consider the hydrofracking fight similar to a war — in which those opposing them are insurgents. Hydraulic […]

November 9, 2011

Will Voters 'Occupy' The Polls?

Amid a massive popular movement calling for sweeping changes to the status quo, discontented voters have a chance to “Occupy The Polls” today. There are several big elections and ballot measures to watch, which will offer the “Occupy” movement a chance to act on their political frustration, though it is unclear they will seize it. […]

November 8, 2011

Obama Cautiously Wades Into Pipeline Politics

The debate over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project intensified this weekend, as thousands of people demonstrated outside the White House on Sunday to urge President Obama to halt the planned construction. The protesters’ message was clear: Many of them had voted for Obama in 2008, but their support for his re-election campaign would hinge […]

November 7, 2011

Michigan Senate Passes Bill To Protect Bullies

Is anti-gay bullying protected under freedom of religion? According to lawmakers in Michigan, it is. The Republican-controlled state Senate passed an “anti-bullying” bill Wednesday that would allow students, teachers, and other school employees to claim they are justified in harassing others because of “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” The bill, which awaits […]

November 4, 2011

In 2012, Generation Gap Will Play Out In Polls

It’s no surprise that age is often correlated with political ideology, but generational differences are bound to play a particularly significant role in next year’s presidential election. A new Pew Research Center study, “The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election,” reveals a clear relationship between age and voter preferences, which could portend a much more […]

November 3, 2011

Obama Discusses Tar Sands Pipeline As Pressure Mounts

President Obama has finally begun to address the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, raising anti-pipeline activists’ hopes that he will halt the construction given environmental concerns. Pipeline advocates argue that the project, which would stretch from the Canadian tar sands to Texas oil refineries, would create jobs and decrease dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Those […]

November 2, 2011

What Led American Soldiers To Mutilate Afghan Civilians?

As the trial begins for the “kill team” — U.S. Army soldiers who allegedly deliberately murdered and mutilated Afghan civilians — Americans should consider what exactly is being done in our name overseas, and what can be done to prevent future abuses. Five soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 5th Stryker Brigade are charged with killing […]

November 1, 2011

Halloween Horror Story: The Child Slavery Behind Chocolate

Not everything about Halloween candy is sweet: Most major companies use cocoa beans harvested by thousands of child slaves in West Africa. According to a recent post on GOOD, These children are performing this work for the benefit of most of the mainstream chocolate providers in the United States. A report from the International Institute of […]

October 31, 2011

Mississippi's Personhood Amendment Would Do More Than Ban Abortions

On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will decide on Measure 26, which would amend the state’s constitution to define human eggs at the moment of fertilization as “persons.” Under this definition, a variety of reproductive health options would be labeled murder. Intended to prevent abortions in a state that has already vastly restricted women’s reproductive rights, […]

October 28, 2011

Politicians To Prez: Investigate Tar Sands Pipeline Project

Protesters and politicians alike have ramped up the pressure on President Obama this week to halt the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Anti-pipeline activists met Obama during several recent campaign stops. Protesters even interrupted Obama’s speech at the University of Colorado in Denver on Wednesday, prompting him to say, “All right, thank you, guys. We’re looking […]

October 28, 2011

Libyans Seek Justice For Civilians Killed By NATO Bombings

With Gadhafi dead and NATO planning to lift the no-fly zone on Oct. 31, Libyans are finally seeing a glimpse of peace after a months-long conflict. Many people are hoping that the end of the fighting will bring justice to civilians who were unsuspecting victims of the violence — including some who were reportedly killed […]

October 27, 2011

More People, More Problems: Growing Population Poses New Challenges

Within the next week, the world population is projected to reach 7 billion. This milestone brings new challenges related to overpopulation, and a generation’s potential could be lost unless there are significant changes on a global scale. A new United Nations report, “The State of World Population 2011,” warns that a lack of education, investment, […]

October 26, 2011

Cain's Campaign Ad Blows Away Competition

Amid criticisms that he doesn’t seem to be taking the presidential contest seriously, Herman Cain’s campaign has released yet another gem. The video quickly progresses from awkward to hilarious, climaxing with Mark Block, Cain’s chief of staff and the chief operating officer of the Friends of Herman Cain, taking a long drag from a cigarette […]

October 25, 2011

Tar Sands Pipeline Sides Heighten Efforts To Sway Obama

The different sides in the Keystone XL pipeline controversy are stepping up their efforts with new ad campaigns, trying to sway opinions for or against the contentious project. Those opposing the pipeline have pointed to egregious bias by the State Department, arguing that officials’ close relationships with lobbyists revealed in disclosed emails and the revolving […]

October 25, 2011

Most Americans Want To Scrap Electoral College

With the 2012 presidential election battle already heating up, a majority of Americans would like to see a major change to the voting system: They want to completely scrap the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote. A new Gallup poll found that 62 percent of Americans support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution […]

October 24, 2011

Bahraini Government Tortures Protesters And Doctors — With U.S. Weapons

Most Americans don’t spend much time thinking about Bahrain, the small island kingdom in the Persian Gulf. But despite ignorance stateside, Americans play a considerable role in tolerating and perpetuating the bloody government crackdown against Bahraini protesters. The United States has, despite rhetorical support for protesters in the Arab Spring, supplied oppressive regimes like Bahrain […]

October 21, 2011

Petro-Dollar Diplomacy?

The State Department has won several high-profile victories in the past year (see: Libya), and Hillary Clinton is largely regarded to be among the most popular national political figures at a time when others are facing a sharp drop in approval ratings. But despite this high tide, the State Department is stuck in a brewing […]

October 21, 2011

Women Still Underrepresented And Misrepresented In Congress

The 2012 elections will be significant for several female politicians seeking re-election; but even if they win, the United States will still fall short in terms of women in legislative positions. Next year will see the greatest number ever of female incumbents seeking re-election in the Senate. Ten Democratic women, including six incumbents, will be […]

October 20, 2011